Tech Tuesday – Zinio & eMagazines

Starting January 2nd all Winnipeg Public Library patrons will have access to a new electronic magazine (eMagazine) platform called Zinio.
Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand that offers full color and interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment! You’ll be able to browse dozens of magazines from our collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

eMagazines are digital magazines that you read on your computer or on a mobile device like an iPad. They display the complete contents of the original print magazines (including illustrations and advertisements) and sometimes offer interactive content including links to videos and additional information.


Zinio is branded as being available “on any device,” but there are some limitations. Full-size tablets like iPads, Windows 8 tablets, and Android tablets are perfect for eMagazines. iPads offer the most interactive content in eMagazines, but the eMagazines look great on any full-size tablet. Smaller tablets (iPad mini, other Windows/Android tablets 8″ or smaller) will display the eMagazines well but require some zooming-in and scrolling to read the text. Zinio is compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, but the app is not listed in the Kindle Store. You must follow instructions here to install. Zinio apps are available for smartphones (iPhone, Android) but the small screen size means that you will need to zoom and scroll quite a bit to read the text. eMagazines can also be read on any computer (PC/Mac,desktop or laptop) and you can read the eMagazines in your internet browser, or install software to store and read them offline.

Unfortunately you cannot download and transfer eMagazines to an eInk device like the Kobo Touch, Kindle Reader, or Sony PRS-T3. Zinio apps are also not compatible with Linux computers as well as any computer that does not have Adobe Flash 9 or higher installed.

We’re very excited to offer this service to patrons and make our magazine collection accessible to you whether you’re on the bus, on vacation, or seeking access from the comfort of your own home! If you have any questions or want to know more before Zinio goes live on January 2nd, check out our Coming Soon page or sign up for one of our eBook and eMagazine help sessions in the New Year! Happy Holidays and happy reading!

-Arryn @ WPL

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